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Hispanic Heritage Month reads now in Kindle Unlimited

Hispanic heritage is a key ingredient in the American melting pot. From September 15 to October 15, we loudly and proudly celebrate Hispanic and Latinx history and culture. Not only do books = culture, books are a window into both real worlds and authors’ imaginations, giving readers a way to meet people and travel to locations they otherwise might...

An interview with Anne Helen Petersen on millennials

In 2019, Anne Helen Petersen published a Buzzfeed article titled “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.” The article has been read over seven million times. This article spawned a book: Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, which will be published tomorrow and just happens to be one of our Best Books of the Month. While...

The National Book Award longlists

The book award season is upon us! This week the National Book Foundation unveiled the National Book Award longlist for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature. There are so many Amazon Book editor favorites in these lists—Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half, Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown, Megha Majumdar's A...

Leah Johnson on Reese Witherspoon’s first YA book club pick

Leah Johnson's debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, brings a fresh perspective and a lot of fun to a story that asks good questions about representation and the status quo. You Should See Me in a Crown is also the very first young adult selection chosen for Reese Witherspoon's book club.  I had a chance to chat with Johnson on the phone recently,...

Favorite autobiographical fiction

In Tim O'Brien's "autofiction" classic The Things They Carried, he writes: "A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth." The latter sentiment might help explain why certain authors choose to blur the lines between fact and fiction. Writing autobiographical fiction is also a way to create a safe, and...

Weekend reading

It somehow doesn't feel like it's still summer, though it technically is. Perhaps it's because most of us are reading November books, looking ahead to find the novels and nonfiction we think other readers will enjoy right when the holiday fever begins. And we're also savoring a few books from August and September that we've passionately recommended...

The best history books of September

September is the beginning of what is traditionally the season of big history books, and this year delivers as expected. Below are four selections from our Best History Books of the Month, but be sure to check out our full list. You will find recent history, as well as history from our deep past. You will find royalty, musicians, war heroes and war...

New board books for babies

Among the many things that have had to change in recent months, traditional baby showers have gone by the wayside and become virtual or just been postponed.  But whether given in person or sent with love to land on a doorstep, books for babies are still a welcome addition to any new parent's household.  Board books are perfect for little ones, with...

Announcing the Booker Prize shortlist

Poor Hilary Mantel. Her novel The Mirror & the Light was on the 2020 Booker longlist, but it did not make the shortlist. Now she must live with just two Booker Prizes—for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the first two books in her trilogy featuring Thomas Cromwell. But that's two more Booker Prizes than most, and it's two more than any of the...

Not-so-guilty pleasure: the legal thriller

Books, like everything else, have trends that come and go. And the legal thriller is like bootcut jeans: never fully out of fashion, but routinely pushed to the back of the closet in favor of the latest trend. (I'm looking at you, skinny jeans/female-driven domestic thrillers.) However, in the last month I've read the new Jake Brigance book by John...

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